From 2008 to 2009, crime levels held steady in Georgetown
In Georgetown Metropolitan’s analysis, for which he used the information the Metropolitan Police Department provided to OCTO, he found that thefts—most of which, he notes, are shoplifting incidents—took up most of Georgetown criminals’ time, with a fair number of robberies (stealing by force or coercion, often involving residents) and burglaries (entering a residence or business with the intent of committing a crime) taking place, too.
Total crime dropped by 34 incidents last year, but on the whole, it wasn’t a significant reduction. No homicides took place this year—in fact, none have since a violent attack in 2006—and car theft was way down.
According to information from OCTO, violent crime has gradually decreased over the last three years, with 503 such crimes in 2007, 489 in 2008, and 475 in 2009. Property crimes in Georgetown the Second District, however, which include most thefts and burglaries, have been steadily on the rise for the last three years, according to information from OCTO—from 4,364 in 2007, to 4,821 in 2008, to 5,097 in 2009.
The cumulative result in the shifts for Georgetown, GM found, is that crime rose at a not insignificant pace from 2006 to 2008, but dropped in 2009.